During a recent appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Salon editor Joan Walsh spoke about the tragic murder of famed late-term abortion provider George Tiller, citing aggressive right-wing rhetoric as fueling the kind of hate that leads to these types of crimes. Among those she mentioned was Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, about whom she said the following:
"When Bill O'Reilly goes on TV every night and calls Dr. Tiller a baby killer and a Nazi and a Mengele, and shows where he works, why do we put up with that? Why is that entertainment in our culture? It's demonizing a private citizen for doing a lawful job? Why are people doing that? Why is that acceptable?"
Not taking the indictment lightly, O'Reilly invited Walsh on his show soon after, where he defended himself and debated the issue of late-term abortion in no uncertain terms, at times becoming extremely aggressive.